Val Kilmer Wins Right To Turn Pecos River Ranch Into A Bed and Breakfast
A couple of days ago we wrote about Val Kilmer's fight to get his Pecos River Ranch in New Mexico approved as a bed and breakfast, now it seems an apology has turned the tide. His neighbors originally fought the proposal because of some unfavorable comments he made about life in New Mexico including a quote in Rolling Stone magazine about how he lived in "the homicide capital of the Southwest." Not exactly a ringing endorsement for a place that Kilmer wants to draw tourists to even though Kilmer has said he was misquoted.
The San Miguel County Commission has suggested to Kilmer that he step forward and set the record straight and that's what he did showing up at the hearing on June 23. He presented his case to the crowd, explaining that he loves his home in New Mexico. After a mea culpa in which Kilmer said he understood why people were so upset, New Mexico's San Miguel County decided the nearly 6,000 acre Pecos River Ranch can operate as a bed-and-breakfast retreat.
The ranch is located approximately 22 miles northeast of Santa Fe and has ample wildlife and a trail system that snakes throughout the property. It is located along a seven-mile stretch of the Pecos River which offers great opportunities for fishing. Last year in a video interview with KOB-TV Kilmer said that when he put the ranch up for sale he was not planning to leave the state. Kilmer said that he only listed the whole ranch to "try and attract a business partner for an idea I have about a sustainable, off-the-grid community." Back in 2006 he had also offered an 1,800 acre parcel of the ranch for $18 million. Earlier this year the Pecos River Ranch website listed one-bedroom casitas renting at $200 per night.
Kilmer joins a long line of celebrity hotel and inn owners including Richard Gere, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert DeNiro and Robert Redford.
Gallery: Val Kilmer's Pecos River Ranch